Pompeo, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran, expressed his pride in our nation’s military, “We often disagree in politics about policy. Whether we are right, left or center - no one can question the commitment by our young men and women who choose to wear the uniform...all our freedoms would simply not be possible without their service.”
The Congressman explained that when he served, it was a different time, “It was the Cold War there weren’t the same risks. I stand in awe of those serving now. It is a tiny fraction of our population who answer the call -- completely voluntary. It’s an amazing thing...I have an obligation to do my best every day to represent them. I do so with great pride.”
In addition to Pompeo’s moving message, there was a presentation of wreaths by VFW Commander Joe Hicks and Trudy Jacobson, VFW Auxiliary President, in honor of POW- MIA personnel. The late Donald Wentz was named the Deceased Legend, and John Cox was named the Living Legend.
All veterans present participated in an emotional passing of the flag.
Also participating in the program were James Hall, the American Legion Riders, Sons of American Legion, local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Marty King, Pastor Terry Deaver, and Todd Hollis.
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